I love the game of football and enjoyed playing in high school. My mom went to every game but I will never forget the very first one. I saw her in the bleachers just before kickoff and throughout the first half. But during the second half I never saw her again. It wasn’t until I arrived home later to find out my mom went home at halftime thinking the game was over. We laughed about that for a long time. Well, my mom may not have appreciated the value of a break in the middle of a football game, but I sure did.
Whether it’s halftime in a football game, the 7th-inning-stretch in baseball or intermission in hockey, these breaks seem to come just at the right time and make the goal of finishing the game strong, attainable. I encourage our small groups to take a break over the summer but I think this principle can apply to all of us whether we are in a community group or not. So I challenge you to change things up, take a break from your regular (small group) pattern and accept that down time isn't wasted time.
Maybe you're not sure what this might look like…here are a few suggestions to get you thinking:
Taking advantage of the summer season…
1) Time Alone: personal renewal exercise, read, start a new hobby or revisit an old one. “You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C.S. Lewis
2) Time with family and friends: relational renewal schedule a day trip with your kids (maybe Wonderland!), reconnect with an old friend, or plan a (small group) BBQ
3) Time with God: spiritual renewal focus on/read a particular portion of Scripture (Psalms & Proverbs?) sit quietly & listen to God for further reflection: http://bible.org/article/taking-ugh-out-spiritual-disciplines
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Eccles 3:1￼